Raptors vs. Pelicans Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for February 23 (Raptors Edge Pelicans in Tight Game)
Raptors vs. Pelicans Game Info
- Date: Thursday, February 23, 2023
- Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
- Venue: Scotiabank Arena -- Toronto, Ontario
- Coverage: TSN and BSNO
The New Orleans Pelicans and Toronto Raptors return to action in their first games since the NBA All-Star Break. The 30-29 Pelicans head north of the border seeking a road win to stay above .500, while the 28-31 Raptors are looking to inch closer to .500 with a victory of their own.
Which team on the playoff bubble will emerge victorious tonight? Let's dig in.
Raptors vs. Pelicans Odds & Spread
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Despite having a slightly worse record than the Pelicans, the Raptors are listed as solid home favorites on both the spread and moneyline at FanDuel Sportsbook. This game also features a total of 226 points, which is the second-lowest of Thursday's slate.
Raptors vs. Pelicans Betting Trends
- The Raptors won 47 games against the spread last season, while failing to cover 35 times.
- As 3-point underdogs or more, the Pelicans went 24-27 against the spread last season.
- Raptors games hit the over 41 out of 82 times last season.
- The Pelicans had 33 of their 82 games go over the point total last year.
Raptors vs. Pelicans Prediction & Pick
New Orleans gets back on the road after splitting a pair of away games right before the break. The Pelicans were starting to heat up before the midseason layoff, winning four of six after a brutal 10-game losing streak.
Toronto has been even hotter, however, winning five of its last six. The Raptors have been playing terrific basketball for a full month now, going 8-4 dating back to Jan. 22.
Momentum appears to be on Toronto's side, as does home-court advantage. The Raptors are a solid 18-13 at Scotiabank Arena this year, whereas the Pelicans are just 10-19 on the road.
Accordingly, we expect those trends to continue with a Toronto win in what should be a close game tonight.
Final Score Prediction: Raptors: 115 | Pelicans: 110
Raptors vs. Pelicans Best Bet
This game features two evenly matched-teams and could go either way based on how well both have been playing lately. Toronto's home-court advantage shouldn't matter quite as much with both teams being well-rested, so we expect New Orleans to at least keep the game close. Take the points with the Pelicans.
Bet: Pelicans +5.5 (-105)
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